Location – Mallaig in the highlands of scotland
Lying at the end of the famous ‘Road to the Isles’, Carma cottage makes the perfect luxury retreat whilst exploring this beautiful part of the North-West Highlands.
How to find Carma Cottage
- Find us on Google Maps (link opens in new window)
Coming from Fort William
As you are driving into Mallaig from Fort William on the A830, turn right at B8008. Follow the road up and its the second house on your left.
Coming from the centre of Mallaig
There are two ways to get to Carma:
- If you are driving out of Mallaig on the A830 (the road which follows the coast out) take your first left, follow the road up and its the second house on your left.
- If you are driving through the centre of the village, follow the B8008 up Davies Brae (the road accross from the wooden platform). Follow the road up Annies Brae, past the High School, past Gordon Brown Place. Carma will be on your right just after Gordon Brown place.
Some information about the local area…
Mallaig is a small fishing village with a population of over a 1000. The name is said to come from the Gaelic Mol or Mal meaning shingly and the Norse vik meaning bay. It is situated on the West coast of Scotland 46 miles from the nearest town Fort William. Mallaig is a good base to discover the small isles of Rum, Muck, Canna, Isle of Skye, Inverie and the Knoydart peninsula. There is a heritage centre which provides a wide range of history of our village.
The little village of Morar is famous for the Silver Sands. There is a spectacular view point of these from the cross. The falls are another attraction to see, or take a walk up Loch Morar, the deepest loch in Britain, and hire a boat to picnic on one of the islands in the middle of the loch. Visit the craft shop, Loch Morar Crafts, at the top of Bracara and buy a handmade souvenir to take home. At the end of the road you can walk to the pebble Beach, where ‘Rob Roy’ was filmed.
Very busy yachting marina in the summertime. Walk down Rhu then have a coffee in the newly built marinas cafe, overlooking the beach with the views of Eigg. Here you can also catch the MV Sheerwater to Muck, Eigg and Rum.
Visit ‘Our Lady Of The Braes’ roman catholic church. It was consecrated in 1874 and last used in 1964 although was filmed in 1983 for the Local Hero film. Visit the local salmon farm and round off the morning with lunch at the Lochilort Inn.
This very small community of just over 30 people boasts a busy entertainment schedule in its village hall. Its local group meet throughout the year for talks and walks in the surrounding picturesque area.
Best known for its rich history of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who raised the standard there in 1745. Climb the monument which was built for all the clansmen who fought for the cause and look out onto a spectacular view. Visit the centre and listen to the history told in 6 different languages.
Isle of Skye (www.skye.co.uk)
The Cal Mac ferry takes 30mins from Mallaig to Armadale, Skye. As a foot passenger you can walk up to the Clandonald Centre and walk around the beautiful gardens. Or take the car and explore the island further, a regular ferry services runs throughout the day.
Isle of Rum (www.isleofrum.com)
Rum has numerous wild life including eagles, seals, otters, goats and much more. With 2 nature trails to follow and a magnificent castle to explore you’ll really know your ‘away from it all’. A cafe/tearoom is also available.
Isle of Muck (www.isleofmuck.com)
A small island as it only measures 2miles long by 1 mile wide makes it a relatively easy island to walk around. Some burial cairns have been discovered dating back to the Bronze Age on the Isle. A number of courses are available during specific months including rug making and basketry.
Isle of Canna (wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna,_Scotland)
Canna is the most westerly of the small isles. In 1982 John Lorne Campbell gave the Island to the National Trust. The island is a bird sanctuary and has over 157 different species of birds recorded.
Knoydart/ Inverie (wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoydart)
Only accessible by ferry or foot a hill walker/ nature explorers paradise. With stunning views why not finish your walk with some well deserved refreshments in the ‘Old Forge’ “Britain’s most remote pub”.
Local beaches include: the 3 beaches at Glasnacardoch (a 5min walk from Carma),the famous ‘silver sands’ at Morar, the spectacular sand dunes of Camusdarach where the famous film ‘Local Hero’ was filmed.
Our local wild life ranger will take and guide you on numerous walks throughout the year.
Jacobite steam train (as featured in Harry Potter as the Hogwarts Express) runs during the months of May~Oct. There are also several trains running from mallaig to fort William where you can relax and enjoy the scenic views you may not have noticed while driving, such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct that is featured in the famous Harry Potter films.
- Cal Mac runs regular ferries to Skye and the small Isles
- MV Sheerwater visit Eigg, Muck and Rum
- Take a sail with Bruce Watt on the MV Western Isles to Knoydart/Inverie
- Ewan the Grimsay Isle has some 1 to 1 sailings available for some local knowledge and experiences (feed his famous friend Sammy the seal)
- Loch Shiel Cruises
We are very proud of our village swimming pool which was partly funded by the local community. It has numerous facilities, including gym, sauna, spa and fun hours for children with inflatable toys.
Traigh Golf Course
One of the most scenic golf courses in Scotland, Traigh Golf Course. Traigh meaning beach in gaelic can be found just north of Arisaig. A nine hole well kept golf course, a must for golf enthusiasts
Eating Out Mallaig
- Cornerstone restaurant/carry out
- Fish Market restaurant/coffee shop upstairs
- Cabin restaurant/carry out
- Shell’s seafood restaurant/Steam Inn Bar
- Tea garden restaurant/carry out
- Chlachain Bar
- Along with the Marine Hotel and West highland Hotel
Eating Out Morar
- Sunset (Thai carry out)
- Morar Hotel serving lunches/dinner
Eating Out Arisaig
Eating Out Lochailort
- Lochilort Inn
Eating Out Glenuig
- Glenuig Inn
Eating Out Glenfinnan
- The Dining Car (a converted train coach)
- The Princes House
- Glenfinnan House Hotel